I held a read-aloud session with my 6th graders today. They loved it! I read a few poems to them from the book “Flamingos on the Roof” by Calef Brown. This book is really for 4-8 year-olds, but my 11- and 12-year-old students ate it up! They were begging for more! I stopped to discuss different elements of poetry with them. It was really a lot of fun.
To hear a few of Calef Brown’s poems being read, go to the link below and click the “Listen Now” button.
When you’re done listening, here are some read-aloud tips for teachers and home-schoolers from the Pizza Hut Book It website.
- Preview the book and practice reading it.
- Introduce the title, author, and illustrator.
- Tell briefly what the story is about.
- Hold the book so your child can see the words and illustrations.
- Vary your tone, volume, and pitch as you read.
- Pause occasionally to explain, comment, or look at the illustrations.
- Discuss the characters and what happened in the story.
- Ask questions that provoke thought.
- Help your child relate the story to something personal or another story.